George Marshall (director)

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George Marshall
George Marshall 1921.jpg
Born (1891-12-29)December 29, 1891
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died February 17, 1975(1975-02-17) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other names George E. Marshall
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer, film and television director
Years active 1915–1975
Marshall (left) with Marlene Dietrich and producer Joe Pasternak on the set of the 1939 film Destry Rides Again

George E. Marshall (December 29, 1891 – February 17, 1975) was an American actor, screenwriter, producer, film and television director, active through the first six decades of movie history.

Relatively few of Marshall's films are well-known today, with Destry Rides Again, The Blue Dahlia, The Sheepman, and How the West Was Won being the biggest exceptions. Marshall co-directed How the West Was Won with John Ford and Henry Hathaway, handling the railroad segment, which featured a celebrated buffalo stampede sequence. While Marshall worked on almost all kinds of films imaginable, he started his career in the early silent period doing mostly Westerns, a genre he never completely abandoned.

In the 1930's he established a reputation for comedy, directing Laurel and Hardy in three classic films, and also working on a variety of comedies for Fox (Many of his films at Fox were destroyed in a vault fire in 1937).[1] Later in his career, he was particularly sought after for comedies. He did around half a dozen films each with Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, and also worked with W.C. Fields, Jackie Gleason, and Will Rogers.

Lucille Ball chose George Marshall to direct eleven episodes of her "Here's Lucy" television series in 1969, having previously worked in several Marshall comedies herself.

Marshall is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles.

For his contribution to the film industry, George Marshall has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7048 Hollywood Boulevard.

Partial filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film
1964 Western Heritage Awards Won Theatrical Motion Picture How the West Was Won
(shared with John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and James R. Webb)
1967 Laurel Awards Nominated Director
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Young, Jordan (2012). Directing Laurel and Hardy. USA: Past Times Publishing Co. pp. 292, 298, 302, 334. 

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